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Genitive

Partitive genitive. The Latin use of the partitive genitive can sometimes catch English speakers by surprise. In some instances, we have a sense of the partitive genitive in English (e.g., nemo eorum, "none of them"), but in other instances, we don't use a partitive construction where Latin does use the partitive genitive (e.g., tantum spati, "so much (of) space").

Genitive of description (also known as "Genitive of quality"). The genitive can be used to express the quality of something. Phrases such as cuius modi, eius modi, etc. are examples of the genitive of description. Note also that the ablative case can also be used to express something quite similar (see "Ablative of description").

 


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